Live match preview – Arsenal vs Watford 07/11/2021


Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Arsenal-Watford in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 14:00.

Team news

arsenal get Kieran Tierney back in training before Sunday’s visit to Watford. The Scottish left-back is absent with an ankle injury but is vying to return this weekend.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka (knee) has been absent for a long time as manager Mikel Arteta considers appointing the same starting XI for the third game in a row.

Watford will have to do without midfielder Ken Sema (MCL) and striker Kwadwo Baah (fractured ankle) after both suffered serious injuries in training this week.

Francisco Sierralta could be in contention after taking part in first team training this week as fellow defender Christian Kabasele continued his recovery from a hamstring strain.

Right-back Kiko Femenia suffered a hit to the hip, but took part in full training this week.

How to follow

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Sunday 7 November 13:00

Arsenal vs Watford is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm Sunday; kick-off 14:00. Sky Sports customers can watch game clips in the match blog live on Sky Sports website and app. The highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sport Calcio YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Watch all the post-match analysis and interviews on Sky Sports Premier League, as well as read the latest features, expert and manager’s reaction on the Sky Sports website and app.

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FREE TO WATCH: The highlights of Arsenal’s victory in Leicester

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Southampton’s victory over Watford

Jones Knows’ prediction

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says it has been an “incredible journey” as the Spaniard prepares to take command of his 100th match as Gunners boss on Sunday against Watford at home, live on Sky Sports

Arsenal are 4/11 with Sky Bet for good reason. For those looking for a banker in the Premier League match results market this weekend, the Gunners are. Perhaps backing 6/4 with Sky Bet for an Arsenal win without conceding is the way to go in this regard, as the axis Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Gabriel continue to impress. It certainly worked for us last weekend when we took a little 4/1 on an Arsenal win without conceding. Thanks very much to Ramsdale for that.

In seven games, the trio have conceded just four goals with an expected goal versus the 6.6 figure in support of their cohesive game.

They also haven’t conceded any first-half goals in those seven games yet, moving forward at half-time in five of those fights with Mikel Arteta asking the scorers to give their all from the first whistle. Aston Villa and Leicester were both absolutely flabbergasted by Arsenal pressing which doesn’t bode well for Watford, who don’t have much mobility through their squad’s backbone, as shown against Southampton’s energetic press last weekend. . It is difficult to imagine how they can compete with a trailing Arsenal.


BET ANGLE: Arsenal win to zero (6/4 with Sky Bet)

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta backed England boss Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Emile Smith Rowe out of the squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino

  • Arsenal have won 11 of 14 Premier League matches against Watford (1N S2), scoring at least once every time they have faced the Hornets in the competition.
  • Watford have lost six of their seven Premier League away games to Arsenal, with the exception of a 2-1 win in January 2017.
  • Since losing to West Brom and Newcastle in 2010-11, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W26 D5). The Gunners failed to score in just one of those matches, a goalless draw with Middlesbrough in October 2016.
  • Arsenal have lost their first three Premier League games, but have since been undefeated in seven games (W5 D2), the last with the longest unbeaten streak in the league between January and March 2020 (eight games). The Gunners are the first Premier League team to lose their first three games and then none of the next seven from Wimbledon in 1996-97 (lost the first three, won the next seven).
  • Watford beat Everton 5-2 in their last Premier League away match and are looking for consecutive away wins in the competition for the first time since September 2017 under Marco Silva. The Hornets’ last five away wins in the Premier League have come from different managers: Javier Gracia, Quique Flores, Nigel Pearson, Xisco and Claudio Ranieri.
  • Arsenal have scored the highest Premier League goal rate in the first half of matches this season (75% – 9/12), while Watford have conceded 10 goals before half-time so far this season.

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A selection of key stats ahead of this week’s Premier League action

  • Claudio Ranieri has never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League in 11 attempts (D4 S7), losing his last five league away games against the Gunners. Arsenal are the only team that Ranieri has faced at least five times in his top-level managerial career and has never been beaten.
  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored six goals in his five Premier League appearances against Watford, scoring twice in both games against the Hornets in the 2019-20 season.
  • No player has been directly involved in more Premier League goals for Arsenal this season than Emile Smith Rowe (5 – 3 goals, 2 assists). The 21-year-old has scored in his last two Premier League games: only three players aged 21 and under have scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances for the Gunners (Nicolas Anelka, José Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fàbregas).
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who has scored in his last four Premier League appearances at Emirates – has scored in each of his last six Premier League home games against newly promoted Arsenal sides, scoring nine goals. He averages goals or assists every 73 minutes against Premier League promoted teams (17 goals, 4 assists in 18 games).

The Essential Football podcast: special on the Manchester derby

Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football reporters Richard Morgan and Ben Grounds to discuss the massive Saturday lunchtime showdown between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

PART 1 | How are the two rivals preparing for the big clash? We assess how Man Utd’s injury concerns in defense might affect their approach, as we ask whether Jack Grealish lives up to his high price tag and the reasons behind defending champions’ inconsistent form. Is this match now a must-see win for them as Chelsea are moving away from the top of the Premier League?

PART 2 | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a winning record against Pep Guardiola, so what’s the secret of his success in this rivalry? And how will the fight go on Saturday? Let’s make our predictions for the big games!


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